B’Sue Boutiques Change It Up Blog Hop

Welcome to the Change It Up Blog Hop sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques. The idea of this blog hop was to use one of the following raw brass pieces from B’Sue Boutiques in a unique way or in a way we had never used it before. In addition the style of the piece should be with a  “Vintage Flair”.  You can read more about the background here.

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I chose to use the first one in the upper left corner(LF09727).  I had used this piece before as a focal in a necklace.

With this necklace I used the lovely rose ox finish but for my blog hop piece I used the raw brass.  I aged two of the raw brass pieces by soaking in a salt and vinegar solution and then baking them in the oven. This method allows for a lovely rich vintage looking patina.  Here are some examples of other raw brass pieces done using this salt and vinegar method:

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I of course forgot to take photos of the pieces I cut before making them into jewelry but here is an example using the same leaf focal just in the rose ox finish.  I am planning on making another necklace using these in the rose ox finish as well.

What I did:

  1. soaked my cleaned raw brass pieces in salt water and vinegar solution and baked in the oven
  2. cut the focals apart using these shears
  3. sanded and filed the rough edges
  4. sealed the brass with renwax
  5. made jewelry!!!!

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Here is what I made:

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Using two of the raw brass focals I made a parure.  I used vintage glass faceted cabochons in a very pale lavender color. Part of my inspiration was this lovely vintage necklace:

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But I was also inspired my some of the old Hollywood costume jewelry designers, especially Joseff of Hollywood.  Brooches are in style right now and so are bolder necklaces and long,bold earrings.  Here are some more photos for you to enjoy.  You can click on the photos if you want to see an enlarged picture for more detail and then hit the back button to come back to the post!

First photo show the necklace, earrings and brooch, then the brooch and earrings together and then just the necklace.

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Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the others on the list below!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

https://janntague.wordpress.com/

Lori Beekman

B.Accessorized

https://baccessorized.wordpress.com/

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

http://www.fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

http://exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com/

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

https://qsettings.wordpress.com/

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

http://kjewelrycreations1.blogspot.com/

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

https://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

http://allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

http://www.novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me/

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

http://seahorseranch.blogspot.com/

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique

https://vrbrose.wordpress.com/

Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

http://papercraftingmagic.blogspot.com/

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

http://www.lomaracreative.com/

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

Ingrid Anderson      **********You Are Here**********

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Deb Beechy

Beetique

http://www.beetique56.blogspot.com

Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

http://oscarcrow.blogspot.com/

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

https://pasttimefancies.wordpress.com/

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

http://lovelylaylabugjewels.weebly.com/blog

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

https://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com/

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

http://wilywolverine.blogspot.com/

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs

http://adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/

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Having Fun With Solder

I completed two pieces from my recent pile of experimentation. One a bit more simple and the other with a bit more “pizzaz”. ( but not really!)

I have been contemplating if I should add some bling….. what do you think.  As a reminder here is part of the pile I have been creating: solder

The two pieces I finished aren’t even in this shot but here they are:

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Thanks for looking and more to come.  Now I need a name for a new shop since these are so different from my vintage assemblage pieces like this

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……things to contemplate

Some Things To Come…………

Some things to come.  Now that my little one is in kindergarten I have some time to do some creating. I do miss having her around though but it is all a part of the cycle of life. So I am embracing it and getting to work!

Some pictures of my works in progress.  Hopefully some lovely jewelry that you all will love to be created with these.

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I am practicing with some rustic soldering of brass pieces.  hand cutting the brass and copper for some of the bases.

Others are pre made brass bases.

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Some vintage brass stampings to add to the bases.

solder1 Torched, burned but will clean up nicely.  Still need some practice but if you like a rustic and unique look to your jewelry then these are for you!

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Some birds, cicadas, cat, bulldog, Egyptian revival, sea horse and even a flower that I solder two three leaf petals together and then soldered the blue rhinestone.  Some even have a fossilized appeal which I love! these have been cleaned and filed but still need some more filing, hammering and perhaps some patina to bring out the highlights.  We shall see.

Hope you enjoyed looking. Remember if you click on the photos they will enlarge for better viewing.

Build A Line Challenge from B’sue Boutiques, Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry, Part Three

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Wow has the last three months flown by! Not sure where the time went but I sure have acquired some fantastic and useful information during this challenge. The challenge was to create a cohesive and recognizable line of jewelry incorporating the lovely high quality findings from B’Sue Boutiques.

The final reveal is here! I have learned so many things that I had not thought about in depth or instituted prior to this class. Starting with what entails a cohesive line, pricing pyramid, branding and packaging, supply and product inventory and of course marketing.  I have worked a bit on each of these before (except perhaps the cohesive line part!) but the discussions and information received really made sense to me. So now to implement! The items I really need to work on are marketing and branding.  Here is an example of a box that I would package the jewelry in:

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I would like to work on this a bit more.

I will continue creating this line and see where it goes. Here are some of the pieces that will be at the bottom of the pricing pyramid, your impulse buy price points of $20-$50

(Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge!)

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Some of the pieces will be one of a kind pieces at a mid price range.  They will of course fit in with the other lower level price range/impulse buy range. Here are a few examples of the mid level range about $50-$125.

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Here is an example of one of the necklaces and how it works with the other pieces.

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(Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge!)

I have shown you most of what I have created for the line.  Even if it never goes past this I have enjoyed the experience and have learned a great deal. My goals now are to market, market and market! I don’t have a name for the line and I am not sure if that really matters but something else to contemplate.

I would like to thank Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques for providing me with this wonderful learning experience.  I also want to thank all of my class mates for the wonderful ideas, inspirations and support!

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One final piece that I finished today March 19! One day before the reveal

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Thanks for taking the time to look and be sure to check out the rest of the participants.

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Jann Tague

Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King

Apt to Wander Studio

Linzi Alford

Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck

VRBrose

Michaele Collie

The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig

Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman

Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady

MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West

Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Leila Belcher

Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen

Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams

Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara

LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth

MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger

Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen

Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed

Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields

Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam

Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis

The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico

Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman

Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le

Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters

Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider

Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett

Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson

From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman

The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Shurter

TreeZ’s Treasurs

Melissa Latimer

Smithed Up

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris

Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer

Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams

Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier

Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen

Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams

Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens

1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller

Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard

Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law

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Build A Line Challenge from B’sue Boutiques, Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry, Part One

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Hi! I am Ingrid Anderson of Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry.  This is the first of three blog hop posts for the Create A Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques. The challenge is to create a cohesive and recognizable line of jewelry incorporating the lovely high quality findings from B’Sue Boutiques. The class will last three months! The photo above is what gave me the idea for this new line I am creating.  I had made the earrings and ring a few months ago and received many compliments.  I love the colors!

I have been designing and creating jewelry on and off since the fall of 2008. At the time I was a high school Biology instructor and would work on the jewelry in my free time. In Jan of 2009 I found out I was pregnant and took a break from creating.  I was 41 when my daughter was born in Sept 2009. (yes a late bloomer!) My husband and I decided that I would stay home with her thus I became a stay at home mom! I have loved and still love every minute of being home.  So in my free time I still create jewelry and run a small business.Next year she will be in school full time so we shall see what that brings for me.

I tend to do one of a kind vintage assemblage pieces.  I then discovered Ice Resin and stamped solder and metal work.  So my “line” became quite eclectic and varied.  Which again is fine for some but not for everyone.  Plus it can be a bit difficult to decide which medium to use when coming up with new creations!

Some examples of my eclectic style:

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So you can see one of the reasons why I wanted to join this class/challenge! My jewelry tends to be eclectic and one of a kind. I love using vintage pieces in my designs. I love each and everyone of these pieces but many like to wear jewelry that “matches” or coordinate with other pieces. This is why I decided to join the challenge. I will probably still include a few one of a kind pieces but they will coordinate with the other pieces in the line.

As already stated the inspiration for the line was the ring and earrings shown above in the first picture.  I then created a few collage pieces expanding on the color palette but keeping with the white, pink, blue and metallic gold coloring. These were my first collage pieces I ever created so it was a learning experience but fun.  I wore them out and each time received several compliments.

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Around the same time I completed these collage pieces  B’Sue started talking about this three month build a line challenge and I thought to myself hmmm.    perfect theme/color scheme! I am an avid gardener and nature lover which is why I have chosen to use birds, flowers, leaves, insects etc.

Here are a few pieces I have completed thus far.  I am sure I will make changes and perhaps even rethink some of what I have done so far.  I may go back an incorporate more of my vintage components as well! I am sure I will learn quite a bit over the next months on how to make this a cohesive and interesting line of jewelry.

I started with some earrings that I felt would coordinate with the collage pieces and then made a few simple necklaces.

In the photos I have tried to show how the earrings would coordinate with the other pieces.

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Here are some of the earrings with a mini collage necklace.

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So many ideas swirling around in my head that I have been having dreams about new design ideas! Perhaps the small collage pendant can be a brooch? Only time will tell so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by and please go check out all of the other amazingly talented designers that have joined this challenge!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Jann Tague

Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King

Apt to Wander Studio

Linzi Alford

Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck

VRBrose

Michaele Collie

The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig

Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman

Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady

MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West

Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Leila Belcher

Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen

Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams

Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara

LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth

MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger

Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen

Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed

Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields

Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam

Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis

The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico

Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman

Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le

Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters

Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider

Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett

Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson

From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman

The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Shurter

TreeZ’s Treasurs

Melissa Latimer

Smithed Up

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris

Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer

Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams

Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier

Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen

Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams

Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens

1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller

Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard

Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law

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FUF or Finished Up Friday

There is this things called “work table Wednesday” aka WTW and “finished up Friday” aka FUF.  These are weekly events that take place at the B’Sue Creative Group on Facebook.

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As the name implies on Wed we show a picture of works in progress from our tables with the hopes of finishing up at least one project for Friday, hence FUF! As you can see from the pictures I have quite a bit going on! The only “requirement” is that we have to use some pieces from B’Sue Boutiques as she allows us to post on the B’Sue Creative Group Facebook page.

This is a wonderful little weekly push to keep us all on track with creating! My completed pieces this week: The necklace uses some vintage components and the chain and filigree beads are from B’Sue Boutiques. For the earrings I used Iced Enamels and Ice Resin, some vintage enamel flowers and the bezels were from B’Sue Boutiques

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